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Asia Pacific Regional Security & Conflict

A Rendezvous with Destiny for Two Unsinkable Aircraft Carriers

Since the Trump administration designated China a “strategic competitor,” Sri Lanka and Taiwan have increasingly become plausible geopolitical flashpoints in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. How could Taiwan and Sri Lanka dictate the post-coronavirus endgame for China and the United States?

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Toolkit for a Successful Movement: Digital Tools in Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement

In 2014, hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Taipei to protest the Cross-Strait Services Agreement—a free trade agreement between Taiwan and Beijing—believing it would give the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) too much political and economic control over the island. The protesters wielded social media and the internet to communicate, inform and mobilize. These tools did not work in a vacuum, however, and understanding their interactions with conventional media and offline associations becomes crucial. This paper demonstrates how, through one-way and interactive communications, the participants of the Sunflower Movement used digital tools to realize their demands.

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Asia Pacific Civil Society Policy & Politics Security & Conflict

Will China’s Leadership Transition Lead to a New Cross-Strait Policy?

Cristina Garafola and Bao-chiun “Jingbo” Jing assess the potential for improved cross-Strait relations under China’s new leader Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s incumbent president Ma Ying-jeou.